This is interesting in a couple ways. First off, this variety has been called Original in both the cup and pack versions up til not – in the bowl, however, it’s getting the stamp of Soy Sauce. Not only that, I did see that they also have the Shio version available – not sure about the Miso but I do think I may have seen that. Let’s crack into this one and give it a try!
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, Add in sachet contents and fill to line with boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Lots of vegetables – cabbage, bok choy, corn, carrot, and leek.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and togarashi. The noodles were pretty decent – an extra minute made them just right. The broth has a slightly sweet soy sauce flavor. Pretty tasty. The vegetables were great except for the corn which seemed very out of place seeing as this isn’t a miso. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186500047.
I thought it would be cool since I got a set of those Egglettes things to make soft boiled eggs and I also have chashu and all my veg to make something from the cold case. I’ve been eyeballing these Myojo refrigerated varieties for quite some time now and thought hey – let’s get one and cook it up! So, that’s what I’m doing and here we go!
Myojo Japanese Style Noodles Pork Flavor (Gyokai Tonkotsu) – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add thawed soup base sachet to 300ml hot water and stir. Cook noodles for 3~4 minutes in 4 cups water stirring occasionally. Drain noodles and add to bowl. Add soup and add to bowl. Finaslly, enjoy!
One of the two noodle servings.
One of the two soup base sachets – note the mention of Gyokai Tonkotsu.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added narutomaki, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft boiled egg, spring onion, chashu pork and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are magnificent – just remember to use a big pot or they’ll end up sticking to the bottom of the pot… Ugh… Broth has a nice creamy tonkotsu flavor – salty and porky. Great stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152200224.
Hey cool! I’ve been really looking forward to reviewing this one. You might not know, but this is the background for The Ramen Rater logo! It was review #652 – posted February 1, 2012. Six years ago! I really liked how the picture came out and thought hey – let’s make a new logo! But only recently have I said what the background was – didn’t think anyone would be interested. Anyways, now you know! Here’s a little about Shio ramen from Wikipedia –
Shio (“salt”) ramen is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.
Something else you may not know is that my wife absolutely loves this one. There aren’t a lot of varieties that my wife really, really likes – but this is one of them. Let’s open this one up!
Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in sachet contents. Stir and garnish with sesame seeds – enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
A garnish sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Salt For Life and pepper, spring onion, hard boiled egg and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. The noodles worked just right as always – nice tooth and gauge. The broth is a nice shio – kind of a chicken shio – it is very tasty and giving. Really like this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.,0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000080.
Alright, so I reviewed this one back in October of 2011. This was review #529- well over 2000 reviews ago. Just saying 2000 reviews ago seems crazy. Anyways to be blunt, I really didn’t like this one back then., My wife said it smelled like cooked asparagus. I’m curious whether it’s not going to be something I enjoy; about 7 years later. Hope I do! Let’s take a look.
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavored-Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Take off of heat and add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
The soup base has a strong scent or some kind of pepper.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts, spring onion, cilantro and chicken baked with pepper, chilli oil, and Salt For Life. The noodles as usual have that firm and slightly heavier nature I enjoy compared to a standard instant. The broth has a peppery chicken flavor – kind of a ‘south of the border’ kind of taste. I’m glad I had the chance to give this one a second go. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000127.
Thought starting things off with the original variety would make sense. So they told me that original flavor indeed was soy sauce, which also is known as shoyu ramen. Here’s a little about shoyu ramen from Wikipedia
Shōyu (醤油, “soy sauce”) ramen is the oldest of the four, it has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko(fish cakes), nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.
Alright – let’s kick things off!
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Original Flavored Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add seasoning sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A decent amount of powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added organic Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, chashu pork, spring onion, sesame seed and shichimi togarashi. Noodles were your standard curly instant – except better. Gauge was slightly wider. Also, the chew was on point and very nice. The broth was definitely a shoyu – rich and tasty. A surprise here – very impressed. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000011.
There are some varieties that I hear people raving out about a lot and I start thinking ‘I should re-review this one.’ Well, today’s the day. I even have a little story about these which is sort of funny.
So we went to a furniture place a few years ago. We needed to get a couch – actually we went to a few places. I was being a cheapskate and getting annoyed at how much it costs to get something to sit on. Seriously;I mean, it’s a big pillow with wood inside, right? I thought hey – $400 is insane but we could shell out $400 I guess. Well, after a long conversation about couches and me being a cheapskate, my wife and I went to one last place. I finally found the couch I was into.
This thing had buttons on the side that made each seat recline and it was really comfy. I figure yeah it’s about $1200, but what the hell – my wife’s happy, I’m happy because it’s literally a comfortable electric chair – it’s a win-win situation right? Well, I then found out shopping for a couch is kind of like shopping for a car.
You go to the dealership and spend hours sitting, waiting, schmoozing and finally get out of therewith a new thing. At the dealership – drives me nuts when we get a new car, they have the balls to say ‘congratulations!’ I always thought I should just say ‘no congratulations for putting us on the hook for a recurring payment for 36 months.’ Anyways.
So during the schmoozing process, it’s the standard questions and chit chat at the furniture store. What do you do? When I tell anybody about reviewing instant noodles I get a couple of regular answers ‘wow – I didn’t know there were that many kinds of instant noodles,’ ‘wow that’s amazing’ and ‘don’t you get sick of reviewing instant noodles?’ Well, this guy started going off about Sapporo Ichiban noodles. He would talk about how great it was that a pack has 4 grams of fiber. I mean, I’m getting a couch and getting an education from this guy about being older and having a hard time taking a dump. It was kind of awkward but then again kind of fascinating that this guy was really okay with sharing his bowel habits with a total stranger while trying to sell him something.
Anyways, that’s my funny Sapporo Ichiban story. Here’s a little about the company from Wikipedia –
Sapporo Ichiban literally means “Sapporo’s number one [noodle]”, but there is no particular relation between Sapporo Ichiban and the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, where the company has only a small sales branch
So there you are – some background and a kind of weird story. Let’s check it out!
Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Beef Flavored Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and beef. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups (500ml on package, 473ml in reality) boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in soup base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder with dark flecks here and there.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, beef and shichimi togarashi. The noodles are heavy and very plentiful. This is a heavy noodle block – pretty impressive. The broth has a salty beef taste which works well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 076186000035.
Here’s another I got up at T&T Supermarket in Canada! Shio is one of four main categories of ramen in Japan (Tonkotsu, Shoyu and Miso being the others). Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Shio:
Shio (“salt”) ramen is probably the oldest of the four and is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.
With that, let’s check out this fresh variety!
The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Chicken, wheat, egg and soybeans are listed in the ingredients.
Much like other fresh varieties, here is the little bag of noodles. You get three of these and three soup base packets.
One of the three soup base packets.
Has a nice color and rich scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ Seasoning, hard boiled egg, Vidalia onion and green onion. The noodles are great – they come out fresh and have a perfect chewiness. The broth has a nice soy and salt flavor with a nice chicken element to it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 011152454184.
Soon as I saw this, I was really excited. I really like Shio (salt) ramen. I don’t know what it is, but it works! What’s more is this stuff is made in California. I found it at H Mart in Lynnwood, Washington. Let’s dig in!
Click image to enlarge. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that this is three servings. Weird but that’s the deal. I couldn’t imagine having a lunch with two other people consisting of a third of a pack of instant noodles.
I was a little surprised at how heavy this block of noodles was; I mean it wasn’t two pounds or anything, but it was very heavy as far as instant noodles go.
A single pack of seasoning.
Here’s the seasoning ready for some noodles and water.
I decided to go all out on this one. I got some green onions, boiled some egg, and baked a small chicken breast with some Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse and Roast seasoning – which really rocks on chicken!
What’s this? Yup – a packet of sesame seeds to dress it up even more!
Click image to enlarge. I also added a little Kizami Shoga (pickled ginger) and a sprinkle of fried shallot. Wham – this was awesome stuff! The noodles are very nice – good instant ramen noodles. The broth is exceptional – one could almost describe it as a chicken flavor, but that’s not exactly right. It’s almost a buttery and perfectly salted taste. I love this stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – it’s going into the Top Ten soon as I do a revision. UPC barcode – 076186000080 – get it here.
So here’s another of these nice Myojo varieties. A little more spendy at $2.49, but really some nice stuff.
One seasoning packet full of seasoning.
Notice the shade of the noodles? Buckwheat and wheat flour. Big mound of seasoning.
Click image to enlarge. Finished! Not too bad – was a little sweet, quite salty and flavorful. The noodles weren’t all that great though. I’ve enjoyed other Myojo nice bowls better. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.